Valentino Clemente Ludovico Garavani. Born 11 May 1932, Voghera, Lombardy, Italy. “I know what women want. They want to be beautiful.”
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1956. Jean Dessès Gown. Valentino worked with Desses for 5 years in the 1950s and gained much hands-on experience, as did Guy Laroche who in the 1950s was Desses' assistant. Valentino later joins Guy Laroche's very small fashion house. In 1959 Valentino’s opens his own couture studio on Via Condotti, Rome.
1966. Valentino Spring/Summer. The photograph was taken at the Stahl House (built in 1959) in the Hollywood Hills, Los Angeles, California. This now iconic house, designed by architect Pierre Koenig, is world famous even though no one famous ever lived there. Photograph by Steven Meisel.